Sharing Our Faith

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2 Timothy 1:8 advises us that Christians should not be ashamed of testifying to the truths revealed to us. Faith is a treasure of life which is enriched by being shared. Pillar members will inquire into ways and means of bearing witness by confessing faith without giving way to fear or embarrassment. Sharing is not just verbal. Example, acknowledgement of failure and the creation of loving service is a powerful authentication of Christian commitment that is seen by others. A deliberately lived Christian life is a great draw for those who suffer without faith and hope.

The Seminary, Part 1

by St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

The Seminary, Part 1 It’s surprising to think that just in a few days my assignment here at St. E’s will be over. I’ve had a wonderful time here learning more about myself and the vocation I am pursuing. Over my time here many people have asked me to explain a bit more about what […]

Reflection on the 5th Sunday in Lent

by Joy Rastiello

John’s Gospel passage recounting the raising of Lazarus from the dead is one of the most known Gospel stories. Many of us have certain Gospels that we commit to memory or are very familiar with. We can all remember John’s Gospel 3-16 where John tells us that God loved us so much that he sacrificed […]

Reflection on the Fourth Sunday of Lent

by Joy Rastiello

In the darkness of our world, there is a small, bright shining light in the distance. As a school teacher, I notice many teenagers, teachers, and staff attracted to this light. It has a magnetic pull on their psyches that seems unstoppable. Unfortunately, the light is from a cell phone screen, or is it a […]

Reflection on the Third Sunday in Lent

by Joy Rastiello

When we are born, God sets us on a journey with the Commandments as our roadmap and the Holy Spirit as our guide. Sometimes the journey is difficult which may cause us to question the path we have taken as the Israelites did in today’s First Reading. Sometimes our journey tires us and we need […]

Reflection on the Second Sunday of Lent

by Joy Rastiello

In our readings this Sunday, the Lord tells us that, as we open ourselves to receive and worship Him in our daily lives, He will guide us. The path upon which He will send us will not be without its difficulties and it will include those that curse and do harm to us. The Lord […]

Reflection on the First Sunday of Lent

by Shannon Jones

In the Jones household, Friday night is movie night. It’s often challenging to find one movie that appeals to all five of us, but every now and then we come across a film with which everyone can connect – like Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. This comedy tells the story […]

Ash Wednesday Reflection

by St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

Ash Wednesday ushers in Lent. Without fail, it also brings back memories of my mother Rosie, a woman of strong faith and my first teacher. She was with me at my earliest experience of Ash Wednesday. After the Mass, I asked her why we had ashes applied on our foreheads. I still remember her answer: […]

Reflection on the Fourth Sunday of Advent

by St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

Reflection for the Fourth Sunday of Advent During Advent, we often reflect upon Mary and her leap of faith to become the handmaid of the Lord. Today, however, our Gospel gives us a glimpse of the struggle of St. Joseph and his part in God’s plan. God allows us the freedom to choose to do […]

Reflection on the Third Sunday of Advent

by St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

Reflection for the Third Sunday of Advent Advent is a time of expectations, as we are preparing for the birth of our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. Many of us are spending significant time and energy preparing for a Christmas that meets all expectations. Kids are so excited in thinking of the presents that they […]

Reflection on the Second Sunday of Advent

by St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

  Running…Running… One of my husband’s favorite sayings is “Life is a track meet!” How true, especially in the rush to keep up with life and be a mother to my children, wife to my husband, employee to my boss, daughter, sister, friend, neighbor…. Life’s expectations and demands are numerous, and at times, overwhelming as […]